Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Shoplifter Leaves a Designer Bag and 'Sorry' Note

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Shoplifter Leaves a Designer Bag and 'Sorry' Note

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Byline: SARA NICHOL @EveningGazette

A MUM who went on a stealing spree at one of the North-east's biggest shopping centres left a designer handbag on a police station doorstep with a note saying "sorry".

Billingham's Holly Finch stole hundreds of pounds' worth of goods, including clothes and bags, from the Metrocentre.

But after she was arrested and bailed, the 33-year-old had a change of heart - and left the PS295 bag on the doorstep of the shopping centre's police offices.

Alongside the bag, which she swiped from House of Fraser, was a note reading: "I'm sorry, Holly".

Just a few weeks later when she targeted Marks & Spencer in Newcastle and helped herself to PS567 worth of goods.

North Tyneside Magistrates' Court was told the mum-of-one didn't steal for financial gain but because she had suffered from kleptomania since the death of her mother.

Finch, of Goldsmith Close, Billingham, appeared at the court on March 6, where she pleaded guilty to five counts of shop theft and one of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Annalisa Moscardini, defending, said: "This is a very unusual case.

" Usually people shoplift for things to sell for alcohol or drugs but that's not the case here.

"Miss Finch's mother died five years ago and she's never dealt with her death.

"She doesn't know why she takes these things. She walks around and picks things up and puts them in a basket - she's almost always caught. "I know kleptomania isn't mitigation but she suffers with that.

"The Michael Kors handbag she stole, she kept in a her room for two months before taking it to the police station - it still had the tags on."

The court was told Finch's first theft happened on September 29, 2017, when she was seen on CCTV stealing the Michael Kors handbag from House of Fraser. …

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